Visiting Washington, D.C.
Few experiences compare with a visit to Washington, D.C. With its historically significant landmarks, awe-inspiring vistas, and opportunities to watch our government in action, a trip to our nation's capital is sure to inspire all Americans, young and old. We encourage Floridians to visit Washington, D.C., and we hope you will make our office your home-away-from-home while you are here.
We've compiled a list of the most frequently visited attractions in Washington and their websites. Most of these destinations are free and open to the public, with tours scheduled daily.
U.S. Capitol Tours:
The Capitol Visitor Center is now the main entrance to the Capitol Building. All guided tours of the Capitol Building begin and end in the Center. We encourage you and your family to view the orientation film, peruse the exhibition hall, and enjoy all the wonderful amenities now offered by the Capitol Visitor Center during your visit to Washington, D.C.
For more information about the U.S. Capitol please visit the Capitol Visitor Center’s website at https://www.visitthecapitol.gov/. The Capitol Visitor Center offers guided tours of the Capitol building Monday-Saturday from 8:40 AM EST to 3:30 PM EST. To make a Capitol tour reservation, click here. The Capitol Visitor Center also offers a limited number of same-day tour tickets for groups that do not have a reserved tour.
At any time, please feel free to stop by Sen. Bill Nelson's office to sign the guestbook, say hello to the staff, and pick up gallery passes.
White House Tours:
We can request a White House tour for you. Forty-five minute, self-guided tours are offered Tuesday through Thursday from 7:30 AM EST to 11:00 AM EST, and Friday and Saturday from 7:30 AM EST to 1:30 PM EST. Requests for tours may be submitted up to three months in advance, and no later than four weeks before the requested tour date. To maximize your chances of getting a tour, please submit your request as close to 3 months in advance as possible. Due to White House procedures, we will not be able to confirm your tour until two weeks prior to the date requested.
To request a White House tour, please complete this form. Upon completing the request form, you will receive an email from the White House Visitor’s Center asking you to RSVP for the tour. You will need to follow the instructions in the email to submit security information for everyone in your group. If you do not submit your security information within seven days of receiving the email, the White House will delete your request from their system. Please note that the White House can only accommodate a limited number of tour groups per day, and may deny a tour request even when it is submitted several months in advance. Additionally, the White House may cancel confirmed tours at any time and for any reason, and may not be able to reschedule cancelled tours for a different date. If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact our tour coordinator at (202) 224-5274.
Please be advised: On September 4th, 2009, President Obama announced that visitor access records to the White House Complex will be made publicly available 90-120 days after the date of visit. This policy includes the full name and date of visit for all guests touring the White House. Your Social Security number and date of birth will NOT be released.
U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tours:
We can also request a tour of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where much of the nation's official currency is produced. Tours requested through our office are offered Monday through Friday between 8:15 AM EST and 8:45 PM EST. These tours last about 40 minutes and take you inside the Bureau’s printing facility where you’ll see millions of dollars printed right before your eyes.
Summer Tours: During the summer months (April – August), our office can request both morning (8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.) and evening (4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.) tours.
If you’d like us to request a tour for you, please complete this form and email it to DCTours@billnelson.senate.gov. Please know that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing has a limited amount of space for tours requested through Congressional offices, so there is a possibility that your request will be denied. However, walk-up tickets are available for groups of less than 10 people without a reservation. We recommend that you arrive at the Bureau by 8:00 AM EST if you would like to receive same-day tour tickets.
As soon as we receive a response from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing regarding your request, we will email you directly. Please allow up to two weeks for your request to process. If you have questions, or need any additional information, please contact our Tour Coordinator at (202) 224-5274.